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Harper Move Set to Be Confirmed
Friday, 25th Jun 2021 09:48

West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper’s move to the Blues is set to finally be confirmed following the Baggies’ appointment of a new boss.

Valérien Ismaël was named Albion’s new head coach yesterday after a compensation package was agreed with his former club Barnsley.

As previously reported, West Brom had been unwilling to allow Harper’s switch, which TWTD revealed more than a fortnight ago, to be rubberstamped until the new man was in place. That now being the case an announcement regarding the deal will be made.

The 21-year-old will join the Blues on a three-year contract for an initial fee of around £500,000 with Albion set to receive further top-ups.

Harper came through the ranks at the Hawthorns having joined the club as a 12-year-old.

He was handed his Premier League debut in August 2017 aged only 17 when he became only the second player born in the 2000s to play in the top flight.

The Birmingham-born schemer has gone on to make 17 senior starts - seven in the league - and 14 sub appearances for the Baggies, scoring twice.

Harper, who is 6ft 2in tall, spent time on loan at Blackburn Rovers in 2017/18 and ended last season at Birmingham City.

The former England U17 and U19 international will become the Blues’ third addition of the summer following the recruitment of Wes Burns from Fleetwood and Lee Evans from Wigan.

Yesterday, CEO Mark Ashton said he was “hopeful we’ll have some new names arriving fairly shortly” and it appears with first-team pre-season training starting tomorrow - the extended U23s squad including numerous senior pros having been in for the first time yesterday - Town’s summer recruitment is about ramp up.

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TheJam added 09:50 - Jun 25
Welcome Rakeem

JackSted added 09:51 - Jun 25
It's been 84 years...

Mediocre_Quick added 09:53 - Jun 25
Remember when this was first anounced as happening, Pepperidge farm remembers

BaddowBlue1 added 09:55 - Jun 25
Really thought this one was going to fall flat as it had been going on for so long, but well done Mr Ashton. Cash plus Jackson in exchange for Birmingham's Cosgrove would be nice!

ShropshireBluenago09 added 09:58 - Jun 25
Great news - all good things always seem to happen on Fridays !

Guthrum added 10:01 - Jun 25
Is Phil trying to push this one through by sheer force of journalism?

atty added 10:01 - Jun 25
Great news l hope. Surprised that the very new manager has made up his mind about this one so quickly. He’s only just walked in the door!

spanishblue added 10:08 - Jun 25
Always assume there’ll be at least one player from Barnsley moving to money for a 2 Nd 11 player makes sense surely

dubblue added 10:09 - Jun 25
Excellent news, the hold up was underdstandable albeit frustrating.
Welcome on board Rekeem!
The CEO is not to only one hopeful that there will be more new arrivals

Pencilpete added 10:10 - Jun 25
Hes going to be the first player in history to have his testimonial as his debut !!

Dissboyitfc added 10:12 - Jun 25
Excellent news! Really thought we had lost this one.

dirtydingusmagee added 10:14 - Jun 25
been playing at a higher level so hopefully will shine with Town , fingers does go through,

howdonblue added 10:18 - Jun 25
Don't know much about this fella but from what I've read the talent is most definitely there just needs bringing on...

Great news

Barty added 10:28 - Jun 25
Excellent news

Nazemariner added 10:32 - Jun 25
Set to be confirmed? So not yet confirmed?

MidlandsBlue92 added 10:42 - Jun 25
Anyone here who plays Football Manager will know how much talent this lad has! Great signing!

PackwoodBlue added 10:50 - Jun 25
Sounds like a very good signing.

Linkboy13 added 10:56 - Jun 25
Not sure if the new WBA manager has actually rubber sealed the deal or if people are just assuming so. Won't be happy until i see him wearing the blue shirt.

Karlosfandangal added 10:59 - Jun 25
Have we signed 3 central midfielders now or is it 2 central midfielders and a striker or is it 2 central midfielders and a winger as when I read about the players we have signed everywhere seem to give a different description of where they play.

Either way I will find out as the season progresses.

Exciting time as these players look very good on paper.

Surprised Nolan is in the first Eleven and I can see Downes leaving now.

FrankMarshall added 11:14 - Jun 25
Good signing. So far happy with the quality of all 3 of our first team signings and our 1 U23 signing. Quality over quantity.

GiroJim added 11:27 - Jun 25
Still not signed yet then. I will come back if it ever happens..............yawn.

Bazza8564 added 11:28 - Jun 25
Fingers crossed this now gets over the line quickly, when it does, welcome young man!

pennblue added 12:04 - Jun 25
Is "Set to Be Confirmed" before or after "Imminent?"

BlueBlood90 added 12:14 - Jun 25
Just in time to play his testimonial!

ipswichdave added 12:26 - Jun 25
Our U23's squad awaits!!!

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